"If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen."

Saturday, 9 January 2010

"There Is Nothing You Can Say To Me Now...

...that I will ever believe."  (Gordon Brown to Tony Blair).

Imagine you're in a government which is going through rocky times: the country was first in but last out of a recession;  suspicion is the name of the game as the people are the most surveilled in the world;  on-the-spot fines & penalties are handed out willy-nilly giving lie to 'innocent until proven guilty'; immigration has been a hidden but insidious part of trying to ensure a multi-cultural coffee-blend  society; infrastructure & institutions are creaking; the people are unhappy... ... and I haven't even mentioned surrendering huge swathes of sovereignty to an unelected foreign power.

More specifically, the latest unemployment figures show that 187,000 jobs have been lost in construction in the past year as official unemployment hit 2.5million and there are 70,000 unemployed adults in the seven East London boroughs closest to the 2012 Olympic sites.

If you were in government, what would you do?

This government looks set to abandon it's trumpeted tightening up of the points-based immigration system and is considering allowing thousands of unskilled migrants into the country to work on the Olympic sites and other projects such as Cross-Rail, the High Speed Two railway line, the decommissioning of old nuclear and coalfired power stations and any construction/engineering projects needed in case Britain is awarded/lumbered with the 2018 World Cup venue.
"Gordon Brown said before Christmas that the points based system was being tightened to help give British workers the first chance of jobs.  The Prime Minister also said there was no further need to allow skilled civil engineers into the country from abroad."

UPDATE: My thanks to FTACWatch in the comments for providing this link: 30,000 migrant IT workers aren't needed

3 comments:

  1. With just a change to the punctuation we get what I feel. ""There is nothing you can say to me now that I will ever believe Gordon Brown."

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  2. It's not just the lower skilled that are having their lives destroyed. The Times had a piece on Tuesday: Arrival of 30,000 migrant IT workers 'deprives Britons of jobs’

    I am one of the victims of this policy. I have been complaining for years and begging to be allowed to work. All it got me was political detention by the FTAC. They said that my claims that this sort of thing was going on was evidence of my delusional state.

    Yes, I was a political prisoner for wanting to work!

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  3. Hi Ollie - yes, we should all be shouting it out loud to Brown. Five months has never seemed so interminable.

    Hi FTACW - yes, I keep up with your blog and I'm sorry to see the problems you've been having. I hope 2010 is a better year for you. Thanks for the link.

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